A judge sentenced an Australian man to five years in prison Friday for intentionally receiving money from al-Qaida and for possession of a false passport.
Muslim convert and former Melbourne taxi driver Joseph Terrence Thomas, 32, was convicted of the charges earlier in March by a Victoria state Supreme Court jury.
Judge Philip Cummins sentenced Thomas to five years imprisonment, ordering him to serve at least two.
Thomas admitted that he attended an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan just months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, and that he met Osama bin Laden on a number of occasions.
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